Fit For Nuclear (F4N) is a unique service to help UK manufacturing companies get ready to bid for work in the civil nuclear supply chain.
F4N lets companies measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry – in new build, operations and decommissioning – and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.
F4N has been developed by the Nuclear AMRC with the support of its top tier partners including Areva and EDF Energy. These industry leaders are using F4N to identify potential companies for their own supply chains.
Since 2014, we have offered an enhanced F4N programme to companies in England with support from the Regional Growth Fund. This enhanced programme ends in June 2016, but we will continue to work with companies through F4N and our other programmes.
We are now working with government to develop the next generation of supplier development programmes, with the support of the UK’s nuclear new build developers and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Full details will be announced shortly.
Who can take part?
As well as the Nuclear AMRC’s core area of high-precision mechanical engineering, F4N also covers companies which can supply control and instrumentation, electricals, and other manufactured components for nuclear plant construction and operation, as well as the specialised requirements of decommissioning.
Over 300 companies have already completed the online F4N assessment, with most receiving ongoing support and development from the team. Participating companies range from contract manufacturers with no nuclear experience aiming to take a first step into the sector, to established suppliers wanting to benchmark their position and drive business excellence. To find out about some of the manufacturers which have taken part, see our directory of F4N companies. To discover what participants think of the programme, see the F4N impact survey.
F4N is designed for businesses with 10 or more employees or with a turnover of £1.6 million and upwards, as the principles of the programme are more difficult to apply to microenterprises. Microenterprises with the potential to offer a niche product or service to the civil nuclear sector should still get in touch to discuss how F4N can help.
If you have any questions about the F4N programme or would like an informal discussion about whether it is right for your business, contact the Nuclear AMRC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To start your F4N journey, go to: f4n.namrc.co.uk